May 03, 2009

Census 2010 CONLAMIC Position Stands Firm: Immigration Reform First

New Brunswick, NJ - Yesterday the board of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLANJ), the largest organization in the state that consists of more than 400 Latino organizations voted unanimously to support the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christan Leaders (CONLAMIC) decision to urge the undocumented members of their churches to boycott the 2010 Census. CONLAMIC leaders stand firm in seeking comprehensive immigration reform first.

"CONLAMIC Latino pastors have spoken on the Spanish radio airways in communities across the nation in interviews with Latino leaders that oppose our position, and the response from the undocumented people who call in to the radio shows is 99% in support of the boycott," said Reverend Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC.

ICE has partnered with more than 63 counties and jurisdictions providing training to 597 officers in 34 states under the 287G program that empowers state and local law enforcement to target immigrants and detain and deport undocumented people over minor offenses such as traffic violations.

"Our government is pouring billions of dollars of taxpayer money on the demoralization of the least threatening members of our community when they should be focused on fixing the colossal problem of our broken immigration system," said Rev. Rivera.

"The true irresponsibility lies on our members of Congress and our government for their inaction that has deeply hurt hundreds of thousands of good Christian families in the United States whose hard work and labor is needed to make our economy strong," concluded Rev. Rivera.

CONLAMIC stands firm on their national campaign to urge the undocumented to not participate in the Census next year. The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey's vote of confidence is a tribute to CONLAMIC leaders campaign to push for swift action on comprehensive immigration reform.

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